The reborn New Yorker Hotel, flush with $70 million in renovations and improvements, celebrated its 80th birthday with a 1930s-style bash that featured the big band music of Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks (who can be seen Monday nights at Sofia’s), vintage cars and people dolled up in the style of the day.
Opened in 1929 just after the Stock Market Crash that ushered in the Great Depression, the New Yorker’s timing is consistent, with its reopening in the midst of the Great Recession.
When it opened, the New Yorker had 2,500 rooms and was the biggest in the city; the renovation scales that back to a much more comfortable 912 rooms and suites, redesigned in a modern, Art Deco style, and equipped with 21st century amenities including flat panel, HD televisions, free HBO, and free Wi-Fi. Its location, across from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, down the street from the Empire State Building and Macy’s, and just a few minutes walk to Times Square and the Broadway Theater District put it at the core of the Big Apple.
The New Yorker Hotel has a 24-hour restaurant the Tick Tock Diner in the casual, classic NY diner style, and Cooper’s Tavern serving a mix of regional cuisines at lunch and dinner daily. The hotel is owned by the Unification Church, and operated as a Ramada Hotels franchise by a company, HSA-UWC, USA, headed by Rev. Moon’s daughter, Dr. In Jin Moon, Chairperson, also an ordained minister. (481 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10001, 212-971-0101, res. 866-800-3088, http://www.hotelnewyorker.com)
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